EASY LUNCH IDEA | 5-minute Take-Along Spicy Southeast Asian Pho 🌶️🌶️🌶️

in food •  2 years ago 


This is probably the easiest take-along lunch I have ever made. Packed with veggies, flavorful herbs, gluten-free rice vermicelli and lots of chili paste. So much better than getting one of the mayo-soaked lunch salads or sandwiches at work.

No more excuses. I am sure you all have a access to hot water at work. If not a kettle is super cheap, so add one to your office kitchen so you can start enjoying easy, healthy lunch as these. You can add your favorite veggies and herbs just make sure to finely chop or slice.

Let your creativity rule and enjoy this lovely and super easy lunch.

5-minute Take-Along Spicy Southeast Asian Pho 🌶️🌶️🌶️

Ingredients (makes 2 jars)

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped spring onion
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup finely sliced bell pepper
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, shredded
  • 1 cup bok choy, shredded
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh grated ginger (or to taste)
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro (or other fresh herbs if you don't like cilantro... think Thai basil or parsley)
  • 1 lime quartered
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 oz vermicelli rice noodles
  • Black pepper and sea salt to taste

FYI: For spicy variation add chili paste or chopped Thai chili to taste. CLICK HERE to learn how to make your own chili paste.


  1. Preparation for this easy take-along lunch can start as early as 48 hours in advance. Add the rice vermicelli to the bottom of the jar. If making at home you can use a soup bowl too.
  2. Combine all veggies, spices, and herbs (except lime parts). Toss to combine and divide over the jars or bowls, layering them on top of the vermicelli. Add lime wedges on top. Close the lid if not eating straight away.
  3. At lunchtime, boil a pot of water either using your office/home microwave or kettle. Remove the lime from your jar before pouring the water in. Make sure the water covers everything. Using a fork, spoon or chopsticks, stir the soup and close the lid.
  4. Let sit for a few minutes. Then squeeze the lime over top. Not a fan of the citrus kick, add lime wedges to the veggies mix instead of squeezing the juice in the soup.

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Bon Appétit




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That really is a good idea for lunch. I used to do something similar but instead of water, I used a chicken stock I've brought in a bottle and nuke it in the microwave.

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

its looks so spicy that i wana try it
please look at my introduction post i am new here

Hehe. We loev spicy food too. Welcome to steemit my friend!


This lunch recipe of yours sounds divine, and the lime juice squeezed on top sent it in to delicious craving orbit for me. I adore limes, well, all citrus really!

Thank you so much for sharing, I'm gonna pick up some rice vermicelli asap so I can try it out!

Thanks fellow citrus lover.... I love them too. Have a great day!

dear friend hello,
you shared a great recipe again. looks very healthy :)
we thank you

Aww thanks beautiful for all the love and ongoing support ;)

Being an Indian i always like having spicy foods and your recipe is a perfect example of a spicy yet taste delicacy thanks for sharing the recipe I'll try out someday and feed my baby and say one of my steemit frnd share the recipe

Hmm Indian food is so good... though sometimes a bit too spicy for me ;) Thanks my friend! have a great day.

Nice cook

Thanks ;)

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Thanks. they are beautiful indeed. Lovely addition to our garden!

This lunch recipe of yours sounds divine, and the lime juice squeezed on top sent it in to delicious craving orbit for me. I adore limes, well, all citrus really!

Thank you so much for sharing, I'm gonna pick up some rice vermicelli asap so I can try it out!

Vietnamese-inspired and great use of fresh ingredients, that's a wholesome lunch that will fit nicely in our bag. Slurps!

I am in the right part of the world to get inspired by the Asian cuisine. Love it. Thanks for stopping by!

Takeaway lunch ideas are never too much! Yours is original, healthy and certainly tasty ;))

Thanks @monika-homa! It is very important indeed as people tend to make unhealthy choices at work. Have a great day!

We never thought of putting a noodle soup in one of those glass jars before. Good idea! Thanks for sharing the recipe too :)

Always a pleasure to share our tips, tricks, and recipes! Have a lovely day!

As usual my dear another healthy dish and spicy food.
Happy valentine day.

Thanks! Happy Valentine to you too ;)

I really love that lunch idea I can imagine how good it was!

Simplicities rules in this one... thanks for stopping by!

What a great and simply nourishing 5 minutes meal idea! Need it in my life!💗

Lol.... then start making it ;) Thanks @vegan.niinja for your continuous support!

Oh I always love to see what you create next Amy! You are such an inspiration for me.💗

Likewise.. so many inspirational people here. Love it!